March 18 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Students create nature-based art using a variety of mediums, engage in hands-on science, and explore the outdoors in this fun class at Pete’s Pond. Each week brings a different theme such as migrating birds, earth day, and mushrooms. Students gain knowledge of and appreciation for the natural world around them as well as learning art skills and making new friends. Parents or guardians are welcome, but not required, to stay with their child for the duration of the class.
Teaching Artists: Meghan Ballard and Amanda Welch
Meghan Ballard holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University and has done graduate level coursework in Environmental Education. She has more than ten years of experience in environmental education engaging K-12 science classes in stream and wetland restoration projects. She is currently a freelance environmental educator, a Cub Scouts Den Leader, a Board member of the Blue Mountains Conservancy, and a mother of two.
Amanda Welch teaches art at Stella Mayfield Elementary School in Elgin, Oregon, and has a master’s degree in Arts Education. Although her main focus is fiber art, she spends a lot of time working with various mediums such as painting, photography and ceramics. She is also a mom of four and helps coach the La Grande Swim Club.
Off-Site: Pete’s Pond, a Blue Mountains Conservancy property, is located at 913 South Miller Drive in La Grande
Free youth classes are funded by the Art Center East Youth Arts Learning Fund. The Fund is supported by the Avista Foundation, Horizon Credit Union, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Reser Family Foundation, Roundhouse Foundation, Soroptimist International of La Grande, and Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.
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